(Verdi: Ernani). Bass. A grandee of Spain, guardian of Elvira, whom he wants to marry, even though she loves the outlawed Ernani and is also loved by the King. Finding her embracing Ernani, he challenges him to a duel, which Ernani refuses, promising Silva his life as forfeit, after he has avenged his father's death by killing the King. Silva receives a horn from Ernani—if he sounds it, it will signal his desire for Ernani's death. Don Carlos is declared Emperor and consents to Ernani and Elvira's marriage. At the celebrations, Silva wreaks revenge for his thwarted ambition to marry Elvira himself. He sounds the horn call (possibly an early use by Verdi of Leitmotif which was soon to become Wagner's trademark). Created (1844) by Antonio Selva.